I hadn't read this book before purchasing the audio tape, and it wasn't quite what I'd expected based on the blurbs. The plot is good, but I had thought there would be more elements of fantasy in it. Also, because of the number of characters in the book and their unusual names (the book was originally written in German, though most of the names are Italian), I had difficulty following the plot while driving. The narrator, though good, was also a bit too soothing for my alertness level.
I've read this book and all of Kurtz's Deryni books many times. This narrator could easily ruin it for me. He o-ver e-nun-ci-ates, which would be good for some readers, I guess, but not for me.
I had read the book before purchasing the audio CD, and I was skeptical about how well any narrator would be able to capture all the voices (and footnotes!) in the book. Simon Jones has done a great job with the narration on this, and his rendition has caused me to think about several of the characters in new ways.
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